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12 photos that capture the true beauty of Swettenham

PUBLISHED: 15:51 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 January 2018

Lavender Field, Swettenham by Aneta Talbot

Lavender Field, Swettenham by Aneta Talbot


Our readers visit the Dane Valley to discover the best of Cheshire countryside.

Sir Bernard Lovell is famous for establishing the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory just outside Goostrey which is one of the leading astrophysics centres in the world.

The Lovell Telescope which bears his name is a Grade I listed building and is the third largest steerable dish radio telescope in the world.

But did you know that this famous scientist left a more earthly legacy during his life in Cheshire?

For most of his life in Cheshire, Sir Bernard Lovell lived in Swettenham, a small village few miles south of Jodrell Bank and just north of Congleton and the River Dane.

After acquiring a large section of open grassland in the area, Sir Lovell created the Quinta Arboretum, a 28 acre arboretum and botanic site that also contained over 12 acres of woodland.

The arboretum which is now managed by the Tatton Garden Society features over 800 species and 2500 trees and shrubs, including two national collections and a collection of endangered conifers as well as meadows of bluebells and lavender.

The Dane Valley is now a popular walking spot with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve, Swettenham Meadows also close by as well as the 16th century Swettenham Arms which is a popular stop off point for ramblers.

Why don’t you upload your images of the Macclesfield Canal to the Cheshire Life reader photo gallery?

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